Over June and July 2020, Emergency Leaders for Climate Action (ELCA) hosted Australia’s first virtual bushfire and climate change summit to coordinate a national response to the Australian climate and bushfire crises. The 2020 National Bushfire and Climate Summit brought together hundreds of participants from across the country, and the world, to share their experiences, and to formulate recommendations to address the worsening risk of devastating bushfires fuelled by climate change. The Australian Bushfire and Climate Plan is the culmination of that effort.
Exactly 12 months ago today, the huge Gospers Mountain Fire started from a lightning strike north-west of Sydney. The fire burned for almost 80 days, and became the biggest forest fire in Australia’s recorded history.
One year on, the fire has left a heart-wrenching scar on both the landscape and the communities it tore through. This is what climate change looks like.
In just a few days, the Royal Commission will hand down its findings into the 2019-20 bushfire season, and it’s imperative that they clearly acknowledge the role of climate change in fuelling the 2019-20 bushfires, and outline a plan for the future.
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